28 February 2017

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Monday, February 27, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance met Togalakow Hemra, Turkmenistan’s Ambassador to Kabul in his office, his ministry reported.
Both sides discussed the seventh meeting of the Joint Commission for economic and trade between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, strengthening and developing commercial and industrial relations between the two countries, oil and gas purchase, Afghanistan’s access to Turkmenbashi port, construction of oil storage in Aqina port and some other important subjects, according to the report.
The sixth meeting of the Joint Commission for economic and trade between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan was held in Kabul on 14-15 June 2016 discussing on the 500 kV transmission line from Turkmenistan to Pakistan through Afghanistan, oil and gas purchase, construction of railway from Aqina to Andkhoy, optical fiber connection and the progress of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan and India (TAPI) project with details, the report added.

Monday, February 27, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Kamal Sadat, the acting minister of information and culture and deputy to the youth affairs, while took around the national archive on Sunday, called role of artists vital in publicizing peace message and prevention of drugs in the country, BNA reported.
He said arts, particularly theater could appear as a school could criticize abnormalities of the society and highlight the harms of drugs through the art skills, quoted the agency.
According to him, popularization of peace message and hatred of war and fratricide could pose in the pivot of art, according to the agency.
Meanwhile, the national theater’s official presented their problems, besides sharing their achievements with acting minister, with Dr. Sadat pledging to remove the problems as soon as possible.
According to another report, the acting minister in his meeting with a number of youth and members of Qarash social and cultural center lauded those entities working for boosting capacity of the youth, said the agency quoting Sadat as saying: “As the new solar year has been named after youth, his led ministry was also working for capacity development of the youth,” but advised they should also do their mission responsibly toward development and progress of the country.He asked the youth for securing link with the ministry of information and culture in the field of removing their problems, said the agency.
The acting minister and deputy to the youth affairs of the ministry of information and culture promised to tackle all the social and cultural center problems.

Monday, February 27, 2017
Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the country’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah held separate meetings with the British secretary of state for international development, Mrs. Priti Patel on Sunday, according to the statements from their offices.
The British secretary of state for international development said her country’s relations with Afghanistan was based on strategic facet and the cooperation was for its self-sufficiency and based on what the country needed, a statement from the presidential office said.
She praised the government of Afghanistan for its firm decision in the field of reforms and fighting corruption and said that the measure taken by the Afghan government was promising, said the statement.
Meanwhile the president thanked British government and people for their attention and support to development of Afghanistan and added that cooperation of the British Department For International Development with Afghanistan, particularly in the field of management of affairs and budget was tangible, according to the statement.
Present at the meeting, finance minister, Iklil Hakimi also spoke at the meeting and in confirmation of the president’s remarks, said using the funds received by Afghanistan through the national budget would be effective in delivering services, compared to the past.
Dr. Abdullah, the country’s CEO also met with the British government secretary of state to international development and discussed some key issues including fighting corruption and restoring reforms, saying her country praises Afghanistan for its effort to hold the parliamentary and district level elections, according to a statement from CE office.
Abdullah said the country’s last achievement should be preserved and expanded and said to preserve the last accomplishments, holding an inclusive and transparent election was the most important.
He also emphasized on good and further tightening relations between Afghanistan and the UK and that Afghanistan was working to use its natural sources and have advanced in this field further than ever.
In the meeting electoral reforms, voters’ registrations, relation between Pakistan and Afghanistan and the Afghan refugees issue had been discussed between the two sides.

Monday, February 27, 2017
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani held farewell meeting with NATO Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan, Ismail Aramaz at the presidential palace, his office said in a statement the other day.
In the meeting, both sides also stressed on continued cooperation between the government of Afghanistan and NATO, according to the statement.
President Ghani thanked Mr. Aramaz for his services and efforts while serving as the senior civilian representative of the alliance, noting that his term is due to end in the near future, the statement continued.
He also conferred the high state medal of Ghazi Amanullah Khan on Mr. Aramaz to appreciate his efforts for attracting international support to the country besides helping to maintain peace and stability in Afghanistan.
In his turn, Mr. Aramaz thanked President Ghani for conferring the high state medal on him and vowed continued support and cooperation with the Afghan government, the statement concluded.

Monday, February 27, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Da Afghanistan Bank Chief Executive Officer, Qudratullah Delawari signed power transmission extending from Ghazni to Kandahar with an Indian company (KEC), in a ceremony attended by the country’s president, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, BNA reported the other day.
Officials in Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat said contract of 220 Kilo Watt Electricity cable extension from Ghazni to Kandahar province worth $113 million was signed between Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat and an Indian company (KEC), and the project will be funded by the USAID.
Chief of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) Qudratullah Delawri said, “We have signed the contract of the extension 220 Kilo Watt cable of electricity from Ghazni to Kandahar with an Indian company, the following extension cable is derived from 500 megawatt electricity imported cable from Turkmenistan into Afghanistan, it will cost $ 113 million which will be paid from USAID grants.”
Chief of the KEC Indian Company declared himself committed to support the electricity project in Afghanistan.
Chief of KEC Indian company Pankaj K. said, “We realize it that its big responsibility on us, the confidence which has been given to us is to execute the line, execute the project, with at most proficiency, professionalism with excellent quality.”
Based on the information in current condition 1000 megawatt of electricity is imported in the country, but still residents in the country cannot easily access electricity, officials in Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat said efforts are underway to launch more programs to enable residents to access electricity in the country.

Monday, February 27, 2017
Faizabad (BNA) Chain embassy in Kabul assisted foodstuffs to flood affected families in Wakhan district, Badakhshan province yesterday.
Abdull Naji Nazari head of provincial council of Badakhshan told BNA, China embassy in Kabul assisted foodstuffs to 55 flood affected families via Ashkashem district.
The aids include, rice, salt and oil.
Nazari added, aids will be disseminated to displaced families through this embassy to other districts of the province soon. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Kunduz (BNA) Nine armed Taliban militants were killed in air strikes carried out by Afghan security forces in outskirt of  Kunduz province in which nine armed Taliban insurgents lost their lives and numerous of weapons have been destroyed.
Colonel Shir Aziz Kama Wal police zone commander in the north-east of the country told BNA, in the air strikes, Mawlawi Hekmatullah shadow governor of Taliban was also killed.
According to Kamawal, in the raids, two civilians were also injured which were taken by security forces to hospital. 

Monday February 27, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Four armed oppositions were killed and their hideout has been destroyed in an operation conducted by security troops in Baghlan Markazi district, Baghlan province.
According to Shaheen 209 army corps press office to BNA, the operation conducted under the code name of “Naweed 33” in Faqirbai village, of the mentioned district,  in which 4 armed oppositions lost their lives including brother of Mawlavi Qadir shadow governor of Taliban for Baghlan Markazi district, and five others were injured.
A Dashkah shell, and a vehicle of them were seized by security forces and a hideout of the enemies has been destroyed in the operation. 

Sunday February 26, 2017

Kabul (BNA) To salute 8th March “Women Day” Afghanistan Futsal Committee will be launched girls futsal competitions as soon in Kabul city.
Abdul Sabour Walizada in-charge of futsal committee in football federation today told BNA reporter, the competitions to be conducted between 8 girls’ futsal teams in football federation gymnasium.
According to another reporter, Shaheen Asmayee football team after participation in Shaikh Kamal cup had returned home today.
Shams Amini member of publication in football federation said BNA, Shaheen Asmayee football team in the mentioned cup had three matches with Bangladeshi and Nepali football teams, in which won a match and lost two other matches.

Sunday February 26, 2017

Taliqan City (BNA) Foodstuffs have been distributed by Hadaf Cultural Foundation to 120 displaced families in northern Takhar province yesterday. 
Dr. Hamiduddin head of Hadaf Cultural Foundation told BNA correspondent, the families were displaced due to recent war and insecurity from Dasht Archi district of Kunduz province and relocated in Takhar province.
The distributed aid include rice, cooking oil, tea and macaroni.

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